In 2003, columnist (and psychiatrist) Dr. Charles Krauthammer coined the term “Bush Derangement Syndrome” to describe “the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush.”
This syndrome appeared to last for years — well into Barack Obama’s two terms — but it appears it will be overtaken by “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”
The symptoms of this new strain have first appeared in street riots and protests. In Washington D.C. it causes acute shock and speechlessness.
And it is now manifesting itself in the fruitless desire to overturn the election results — either by paying off members of the Electoral College to change their votes or demand recounts.
And the latter is apparently big business.
The Washington Post reports, On Wednesday afternoon, near the start of one of the year’s final news droughts, former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein announced a new campaign: to pay for recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The news went first to the journalist Greg Palast, then on Stein’s Facebook page, then in an interview with the Russian propaganda channel RT.
“This has been a hack-riddled election,” Stein explained. “We have voting machines that are extremely hack-friendly in an election that’s been very contentious.”
Stein’s fundraising goal was $2.5 million — and donors blew right past it. At that point, as New York magazine first reported, the goal spiked to $4.5 million, and new language on the donation page admitted that costs could rise higher. “The costs associated with recounts are a function of state law,” wrote the Stein campaign. “Attorney’s fees are likely to be another $2-3 million, then there are the costs of the statewide recount observers in all three states. The total cost is likely to be $6-7 million.”
As of Thursday, the recount effort had raised $3,875,502 — more than Stein had raised for her entire campaign!
Even the Washington Post admits this is a fruitless effort. Rumors abound that machines were “hacked” but there’s no evidence for that and even if they were, the Post says a recount wouldn’t prove it. Stein’s group admits a recount effort wouldn’t necessarily elect Hillary (whom she never supported) and the costs will most likely increase.
Stein’s campaign manager says, “In order to file, we need to raise $1 million just to send to the state of Wisconsin,” he said. “Pennsylvania’s is another $500,000. After that, we’re looking to file in Michigan, where it’s $600,000.” The pleas for attorney fees is above and beyond what the party did 12 years ago. One reason? Pennsylvania’s actual recount deadline has passed — the Greens are raising money to go to court.
So there you go! The only people with any sanity who are behind this effort are ATTORNEYS. They’re rubbing their hands together with glee because of the coming windfall.
Yep, there’s a sucker born every minute, and generally they vote Democrat.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]